Portugal will face Croatia in the first game of Knock out phase at Stade Bollaert-Delelis this Saturday night. Portugal managed to get out of group stage after a dramatic draw against Hungary in their last match of group stage. Cristiano Ronaldo finally broke his barren run of goals by netting twice but his team has to show something special performance if they have to beat Croatia in their next match.
On the other side, Croatia has been superb in this tournament. They defy their odds by beating Spain 2-1 in the final group stage match and emerged as a winners. Luka Mordic has been sublime on and off the field while Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic performance on the pitch has surprised the world, making them one of the surprising packages to win this tournament.
Portugal Vs Croatia IST Time and Live Stream
Match: Portugal Vs Croatia (European Championship, last 16)
Date: Friday, June 26, 2016; 12:30 am (IST)
Venue: France, Stade Bollaert-Delelis
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Portugal Vs Croatia Team News
Fernando Santos has a problem in his midfield area, Andre Gomes and full back Raphael Gurreiro are both doubts for this match after minor injury. Nani and Ronaldo are expected to play upfront while Moutinho, Carvalho, Sanches and Quaresma are expected to support them on midfield.
Meanwhile Croatia have no injury problems, they will play with the same starting XI, they faced against Spain last week.
Croatia: Predicted line up (4-2-3-1)
Subasic – Srna, Corluka, Vida, Strinic – Badelji, Rog – Perisic, Brozovic, Rakitic – Mandzukic.
Portugal: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Rui Patricio – Eliseu, Pepe, Carvalho, Vieirinha – Mario, Sanches, Moutinho, Gomes – Quaresma – Nani, Ronaldo.
Portugal Vs Croatia: Head to Head stats
In the last three meetings between these two sides, Portugal has 100% win record in three matches. Their last meeting was in 2013 where Portugal won that match by 1-0 score-line. In European Championship they met in 1996 where Portugal thrashed Croatia by 3-0
Croatia Vs Portugal: Prediction
Croatia are very hard to beat while Portugal have some defensive concerns. With Cristiano Ronaldo on the side, we expect Portugal to score more than 1 goals.
Final prediction: Croatia 1-2 Portugal; with Cristiano Ronaldo to score